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Project management is a professional field involving managing the scope, changes, schedule, and completion of a temporary endeavor that has a clear end. This is a professional field with it's own certifications and professional educational programs. If your question relates to the workplace, ask it here; otherwise, if the question is solely about project management, consider asking it on our sister site Project Management Stack Exchange instead.

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How to handle product manager that ignores others opinion

Right now I'm product owner of a software product with other 3 developers, an architect and a product manager. I'm concerned that the product manager is too focused on having the product on time, up ...
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Professional way to handle pressure for delivery date from client?

I work for a smaller business (50 employees) and am the only one handling a fairly large project for a client. This project involves upgrading software on their server. They are consistently ...
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Being blamed for something you don't consider your mistake

Several months ago I accepted a job which was project-based. I soon discovered that my projects required me to work very long hours. I'm talking about around 65-75 hours a week every week (these ...
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We just started a new project and introduced Scrum to our division of the company. What questions should I be asking?

I am a software lead who is just kicking off my first project (into the 4th sprint) at my new company (I have been here three months). One of the reasons the company chose an outsider was to help ...
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Is being a jack of all trades interesting to most recruiters?

I've always been bound mainly by curiosity, and my current career path shows it: First job was in a startup Second was in a < 100 employees company Third is in a large > 15000 corporation The ...
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How to say No to idea given by team member, when I know from my experience that it is going to fail?

I have a very hardworking team, and I like when they try to think about a project with broader perspective. I want to respect their contribution and don't like to refuse their ideas, but sometimes I ...
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consulting industry - chaotic behaviour

My team and I have been working on a change management project. Our client, a director, has set rather broad goals on a particular topic to reach within a complex context. D doesn't participate in ...
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Handling awkward coworker

I have a weird colleague who always wants to know what I am doing, like every single day. Having said that he is not my manager but he acts as if he is my boss. Since I am an R&D engineer, I am ...
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Unable to meet goals when manager keeps busy in things which are outside the ambit

I joined a new company two months back. I committed to the CEO to meet certain goals within 3 months timeframe. CEO has a lot of expectations from me. Two months have passed and it seems I will not be ...
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Convincing “agile” managers of the value of planning

Became tech lead of a startup a few months ago. Even by startup standards the codebase is poor, I don't feel any pride in working with it. Example: the dev team took three weeks to update static text ...
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How to manage a combo of busywork and micromanaging

My job requires equal parts analysis and data display on a map. On a project I send these maps out for review as many as several times a day and incorporate changes requested by the project manager ...
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Problem working with project partner I picked [closed]

Soon I'm going to turn 16 and in school, I have to start work on a major project which will be very valuable for my end-year certificate. A few weeks back I engaged with a friendly student who just ...
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What is the proper way to request team/project change?

I am working in a software firm on a project which doesn't have any work left. The team is of only 3 people, all three of us are from a different domain. Even If I ask for the project change, I don't ...
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What to do if you are unintentionaly subject of favoritism?

I have the following situation at work. I am part of a team with people having different background age-wise and business wise. Since the beginning of the project It happened so that I took the role ...
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Given an unrealistic project during probation

I have been working at a health dept. for almost 5 years. During that time, I got promoted twice (held 3 positions). My most recent one was about 4 months ago and I'm still on probation (I got a mini ...
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How do I communicate with the internal and external stake holders about project delay?

We have committed a one month timeline to the client for a project delivery. We needed some data from the client for meeting this dead line. We have emailed the requirement before timeline commitment. ...
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Objective in a new software job when no objective is given [closed]

Two weeks ago I started a new job in an automated medicine dispensing company. The company is not very big, around 50 employees. I was hired to work 50% / 50% with automated medicine dispensers (...
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Should My Non-Technical Boss Try to Code?

This question is as straightforward as it sounds. Do I have the right to demand that he stay out of my projects due to fear he'll not know what he's doing? He basically googles things and tries them ...
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Kickstarting halted career at 42 [closed]

I am jobless. 10 months ago, I was a Technical Project Manager for a brief stint. Prior to that I was into Java web application development working with various frameworks like Struts,Spring,Hibernate,...
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How to make sure I'm not blamed for a looming disaster at a new job?

I started a new job 2 months ago. I was staffed on a project as a team member in a very small team. The rest of the team are very good friends, I was treated with distrust. It was made clear to me ...
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How to configure a team for this purpose? [closed]

I was at an interview where we had to work in a team of 10 and we were required to solve two different problems with a final solution. We had 1 hour. We were acting as colleagues working for a ...
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Asking project manager to put me in another project

Sorry for my english first. I am a programmer and I am working in a big outsourcing company, that provides programmers for other companies. Right now I am in a really bad project without any prospects ...
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How do I answer an interview question about how to handle a hard deadline I won't be able to meet?

I have gone to a few interviews at project-based companies for software developer positions. One common question they tend to ask, which is also the hardest to answer, is: Given a scenario where ...
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How to gradually decrease my involvement at a project for our client?

I am a senior lead developer at a project for one of our clients at a financial institution. In the foreseeable future, I am going to be removed from this project to work for a different client. This ...
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Convincing future employers on my 'ridiculous' intern experience

Background: I just finished my 8 weeks summer internship in Shenzhen within a large multinational corporate. I got this internship through a UK government scheme which sends British students to China....
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How do I explain to a team that the project they will work on for six months will certainly be cancelled?

I am a project manager at my company. I usually work on projects where the customers are government offices, public administrations and company related to them. In September we will begin a project ...
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Telling manager project isn't worth the effort?

My manager has passed-off a project to me from one of our former co-worker who left the company. Some of our team members are spending 20+ hours a week on creating reports and accessing databases and ...
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How do you survive a business disaster right after a promotion?

I'm entering a management position for the first time in my career and am wondering how to mitigate potential reputational damage. The company currently has a flat startup structure, but my ...
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I was removed from Project and asked to exit or change the project [closed]

I have 5.5 years of Experience in Java and 1 year in Angular. I joined a (4 year old) Startup Company on Jan 2019 with lots of hope and excitement. At the time of interview they promised that I would ...
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How to effectively transition portion of a complex project to a 2nd developer?

I work at a consulting company as a data engineer. Over the last 1.5 years, I built out a highly complex data lake/data wrangling implementation for a client. Everything is documented pretty ...
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Am I being used more than my job role as a Graphic Designer? [closed]

I'm a Graphic Designer in a Digital marketing and design agency startup (8 months experience). I'm the only designer there. There's one person for copy writing and one director who checks my designs. ...
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I agreed to cancel a long-planned vacation (with travel costs) due to project deadlines, but now the timeline has all changed again

TL;DR cancelled a long-planned trip due to a delay in project deadlines and my backup person quitting, and received most of the cost back from the company. Turns out in retrospect it wasn't necessary ...
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In a small office, should the project manager or the owner be responsible for handling tardy employees? [closed]

I work at a small office of 6, including the owner. We do not have a hierarchy outside of the owner, and I plan on asking for a promotion (and raise) to instigate some sort of chain of command ...
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Project manager constantly interrupting development team

What do you suggest to do about a project manager that keeps interrupting the development team by going to their room, asking "what's up", "how is going" and "where are we with development" on a daily ...
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Manager questioning my time estimates for a project [duplicate]

I work in a software development company. For a new project, my manager asked me time-estimates. I read the project requirements document and worked out worst-case estimates. During a meeting, he ...
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Developers demotivated due to working on same project for more than 2 years

I am currently managing a team of 10 people for a project which was started 3 years ago, which will run for another year. I am not the manager, I am just the most senior developer (6yrs exp.) on the ...
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How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix bugs (constantly)?

My boss likes our engineers to work overtime to fix bugs. One of his favorite arguments is that being a responsible engineer, when you know it is exactly your codes that cause the bugs how can you ...
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Dealing with a partner company with immature behavior

I'm the tech lead of a project that involves 4 companies. In the interest of anonymity, let's call them A (my company), B, C and D. A and B are fairly large companies, but C and D are giants. So far, ...
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How to get project manager to be in charge of communications with the client?

I am developer in a technology consulting company, where each developer is assigned to multiple client projects simultaneously. Each client project has a designated project manager who is responsible ...
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Should I reveal my mistake after project delivery? [duplicate]

I was working on a project, as assigned by my manager. It was completed, reviewed and delivered, and is now under maintenance. While I was searching through code (for a different purpose) I realized ...
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My manager goes through my old and incomplete scripts and critiques them - is this valid? [closed]

My manager will call me into his office about once every week or two and have one of my scripts I wrote just for myself, or started and didn't end up finishing or using, up on his emacs. He'll go over ...
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Plan and negotiate with / for software development company contractor

I'm working in a 15ppl company as the (only) IT guy (Master of Computer Science) and my task was/is to oversee a software project development. We have worked with an (outsourced) software development ...
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How would you suggest I follow up with coworkers about our deadline that's today?

I'm coordinating an application that an organization I work with will be sending in. There are a few applicants. I've been trying to collect materials over the past few days, but have been getting ...
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Been asked to work significantly “below” my level for a sustained period — can I ask company for measures to mitigate it e.g. learning time?

Background info: This is a follow-up (but not a duplicate) to this question: Recruited for a senior SME technical role but assigned in the medium term to a much more junior project Basically I was ...
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How to work with a difficult PM [closed]

I was recently put into a new project. I've encountered my new project manager before and while there's a few things about this PM that concern me: They can be very friendly and open, but also very ...
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What is the proper way to handle a situation where a coworker is asking repeatedly the status of their project, when it has not been started?

What is the proper way to handle a situation where a coworker (call them "Not-Started") is asking repeatedly, every day, in person, or via email the status on their project, when I am working on an ...
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Does “everyone mess around everywhere” in our project/do we have an organisational deficiency?

I am working in a large-ish software project with several dozen developers. Our internal guidelines have it such that responsibilities for aspects of the application are clearly assigned. For ...
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How to cope with and mitigate contractor screwups? [closed]

I sometimes manage construction projects and one of the big ongoing problems is how to deal with a mistake by a contractor or subcontractor. For example, in one case I had a piece of equipment ...
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Manager blaming team for failure, how to counter

I'm part of an internal software development team at a retail business. We're currently working on a major project and in all likelihood it's going to fail. It's pretty much over at this point. Over ...
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Should I tell my boss the work he did was worthless?

I have been handed a project that has been kicked around for 4 or 5 months with ~zero progress made. The project is to implement a new tool that was chosen before I got here. It seems like a good ...